Sandeep Singh and Sardar Singh are Nominated for Khel Ratna 2013

Former Indian Hockey captain Sandeep Singh and current captain Sardar Singh have been nominated for the most prestigious sports award in India i.e. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. The ace drag flicker Sandeep Singh is recommended by his state “Haryana” government while his state-mate Sardar Singh is nominated by Hockey India.

Sardar Singh Captain (Haryana) during Haryana Vs Puducherry on Day 3 of Hockey India Senior National Championship 2012

File Photo: Sardar Singh Captain (Photo by: www.deepthiindukuri.com)

Hockey India has also recommended Selector and Olympian Syed Ali for the Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award 2013.

Danish Mujtaba (Captain of the Indian Men Hockey Team during the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Malaysia in March 2013), VR Raghunath (Current Vice-Captain of Indian Men Hockey Team), forward Tushar Khandekar and Bharat Chetri (former Indian Captain) have been recommended for the Arjuna Award 2013 in the men’s category. Continue reading →

Bharat Petroleum derailed Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala by 4-3: Surjit Hockey

In Pool B Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala and Bharat Petroleum Mumbai displayed good controlled hockey. In the 15th minute Railmen took lead when Palwinder Singh found the target from right flank (1-0). Bharat Petroleum equalized in 24th minute , through penalty corner conversion by Gurpreet Singh (1-1).

Hari Prasad (BPCL) scoring a Goal Against RCF in a Surjit Hockey 2012

Hari Prasad (BPCL) scoring a Goal Against RCF in a Surjit Hockey 2012

Two minutes later, Railmen’s Palwinder Singh netted the ball from top of the circle (2-1) to restore the lead for his team. Just before the lemon break, Hari Prasad scored on a penalty corner to restore parity (2-2).

After the lemon break both teams relied on counter attacks. In the 49th minute of play RCF boys earned the penalty corner, this time Karanpal’s hard push found the target to lead (3-2) third time in the game. In the 66th minute, Bharat Petroleum’s Gurpreet Singh equalized through Penalty corner conversion (3-3). While Tushar Khandekar scored winner for Bharat Petroleum on a penalty corner (4-3) in last minute of the game. Continue reading →

India to play Malaysia in Quarters of Champions Challenge I (Men’s) 2011

India whipped Poland (19th in FIH Ranking) with the score line reading 7-0 in a one sided game. Game was slow in the starting, Indian players looked out of their element. But, as soon they started getting warmed up, they scored 3 goals before lemon and pressed the pedal to score 4 more in second half. Poland had a few chances to score, missed one by hitting, deflected one on Indian defender’s stick and one wide.

(Full Results and Schedule of FIH Champions Challenge (Men’s) 1 2011)

Yuvraj-Walmiki

Yuvraj Walmiki

It was birthday boy Yuvraj Walmiki, who connected a midfield pass in time to give India the first goal in 18th minute of the game, the first for him in the tour as well. He did a lot of work in Polish half to build up the attacking moves. In 24th minute, Danish Mujtaba trapped a loose ball on the left flank, and took reverse shot that entered the net, but kissed Shivendra’s stick on the way to put India 2-0 up. India’s 3 goal came just two minute before the lemon break, through a well worked pass by birthday boy Yuvraj to Shivendra Singh, who put the ball in. Continue reading →

Shivendra Returns, Chetri to Lead India in Champions Challenge I

Shivendra Singh

Shivendra Singh

Former captain Rajpal Singh and veteran midfielder Ignace Tirkey were the notable omissions from an 18-member Indian squad announced for the FIH men’s Champions Challenge I from November 26 to December 4 in Johannesburg (Schedule). India has been drawn in Pool A of the championship along with Belgium, Poland and host South Africa

Ignace, vice-captain of the team for recently concluded Australia tour, has been replaced by forward Tushar Khandekar as vice-captain for the Champions Challenge I, and the team will be led by goalkeeper Bharat Kumar Chetri who has 116 international caps. Bharat Chikara, Ravipal and Gurvinder Singh Chandi are other notable omissions from the squad.

While the return of striker Shivendra Singh to the team is good news for the fans and team. He was on the sidelines for a few months with a freak collarbone injury that he suffered during Bhopal Nationals conducted by Hockey India in Bhopal in June 2011. Birendra Lakra and Chinglensana Singh Kangujam are the new faces in the team.

The team:
Bharat Kumar Chetri (GK) (Captain)
Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran (GK) Continue reading →